Many companies have employee handbooks that they make available to their employees in one form or another. The employee is told to familiarize him or herself with its contents, which may or may not happen. The truth of the matter about employee handbooks is that they can be used as much to protect a company from problematic employee actions as to inform employees of the expectations held by the company for their performance as employees. Employee handbooks must be written so as to fit the particular activities, services, products, and ancillary actions that are undertaken by every company and its employees every day of the year. Taking a copy of some other company’s employee handbook off of the internet and putting your cover on it will not cover or protect your company. If your company is a pest control company and you adopt the employee handbook from a bookkeeping company, how much intersection is there in the type of work being done and the kinds of risks associated with those tasks?
Each company should have an Employee Handbook that contains policies, procedures, recommendations, rules and standards of conduct, and other information that is specific to that company. In addition, your company must put into place a formalized procedure whereby you can be assured that the employee actually reads, understands, and agrees to abide by the policies and rules set forth in that handbook.